Susan Sarandon proved with this ugly, stupid and unethical tweet that she is another talented artist, like Robert DeNiro and so, so many others, whose work has to be separated from their ill-informed, ignorant, politically-warped and outrageous personal opinions in order to tolerate it, never mind enjoy it. Sarandon is and always has been one of our very best film actresses, but my Cognitive Dissonance Scale is going to make it very hard for me to watch her performances after this.
The photo in the retweet shows the NYPD police gathered to honor slain NYPD Detective Jason Rivera. Officer Rivera and his 27-year-old partner Wilbert Mora died answering a 911 call from a mother in Harlem who said her son had verbally threatened her. They walked down a hall in the apartment and the son jumped out and opened fire, fatally wounding both officers. The outpouring of grief and professional respect from the New York police was traditional, appropriate and necessary.
Yet so full of anti-U.S., anti-law enforcement hate are the followers of the currently demented American Left that they cannot grasp this. They really think, in their John Lennon-esque fantasy world, that not having police would be a good thing, even as they see the communities who started down that idiotic road in the twin grips of the George Floyd Freakout and The Great Stupid make a U-Turn and start begging the insulted, endangered and desperately needed cops to come back.
Sarandon’s tweet employed the earlier tweet by socialist radical Danny Haiphong, like Sarandon a Bernie Sanders supporter. When I was in college, it was considered cool by a lot of my contemporaries to refer to police officers as “pigs.” I couldn’t respect anyone I heard use that term, no matter how hard I tried. In retrospect I can forgive them for the stupidity and gullibility of callow youth, but Sarandon is 75, and is apparently not senile. She’s always been this way. Tweeting a photo of a funeral for an executed police officer with the hashtag #abolishthepolice is signature significance. A rational, responsible, civically literate American doesn’t do this, ever.
Sarandon must be judged to be in league with the despicable Back Lives Matter movement, as well as awful human beings like the now-fired substitute teacher at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley, California, who berated a student wearing a pro-police mask (his father is a cope), telling him in math class, “That’s not the American flag, that’s the new confederacy flag.”
The continuing abuse and demonization of police will get citizens killed, not just cops. It’s already getting people killed: the urban murders statistics are exploding, and police departments are understaffed, which is exactly what criminals want. Black communities suffer the most from this development, yet are still under the spell of the corrupt BLM movement, which an entire political party currently embraces, choosing votes, chaos and hate over democracy, law and civilization.
It is important to assign responsibility squarely where it belongs.
Sarandon, either at the prompting of her agent or her publicist, quickly released an apology:
Not accepted! This is a Level 10 apology on the scale, “designed to allow the wrongdoer to escape accountability cheaply, and to deceive his or her victims into forgiveness and trust, so they are vulnerable to future wrongdoing.” How do we know that? We know that because we know what Sarandon stands for from her decades of promoting extreme Leftist propaganda. We know that following and endorsing someone like Haiphong is the mark of a fool and an anti-American, and we know that nobody with functioning ethics alarms looks at a photo of police officers mourning fallen comrades and thinks: “Fascists!”
Do you believe she didn’t connect that photo to a funeral? What did she think it was? What about “#abolishthepolice”? It was insensitive to call police fascists “at that time”? What the hell does that mean?
How can Sarandon, or anyone, say they care about the families of the murdered police officers when their rhetoric, political allies and fellow travelers continue to encourage the hatred and stupidity that gets cops like Rivera and Mora killed, and that makes the kind of individuals we want and need to have badges decide, “Who needs that?”
Don’t be fooled, and don’t forget: this is what Susan Sarandon and those who think, speak and tweet like her are. Watch and pay for her acting performances if you must or want to, but do not allow her and her compatriots to escape the condemnation and disgrace they deserve.
They are cultural poison and ethics corrupters. Acting accordingly is a civic duty.